Monday, July 29, 2013

Modified Briar tee, Victoria Blazer, and Flashback tees

I've been sewing this summer (just not posting on the blog) and here are some of the results.  I've really wanted to do some variations of the Megan Nielsen Briar tee and here's one I finally conquered.
   It is made from a somewhat sheer knit from Denver fabrics.  I can't say that I highly recommend Denver fabrics and lets just leave it at that.  But the top has a ruffle made from a circle skirt tutorial from Burda.  I tried a ruffle for the first crack at this top and it was awful.  So I cut it off and tried again with this ruffle.  Much better.  Its basically a bias cut peplum.  The skirt is me made too from an out of print McCalls 6290.  A very basic a-line from a thrifted bottom weight twill.  Now for the Victoria Blazer.  The blazer is basically a wearable muslin since it turned out pretty good, a little big so I'll go down a size next time but still very wearable.

You can't tell from these pictures but the mosquitoes are eating my legs alive.  I even sprayed before I went out and I think I had six bites from about 15 minutes of being outside.  They are ridiculously terrible in our backyard.  We fogged one day and they only stayed away for thirty minutes.  Ugghh, definitely summer in the south- you take the good with the bad!  Here's one more shot of the blazer for those of you that might want to make it.  I know I always appreciate multiple views of something I might want to make.
And finally a Mother/Daughters sewing project.
These were all made from a me made maternity skirt with really nice rayon knit from Joann's.  Since I had to squeak out three shirts from the skirt I didn't do the hi-low hem on my tee and didn't bother matching the stripes on the kids tees.  The Flashback tee is a great kids pattern, a little tight for my taste but that is easily fixed with some added seam allowance.  It is easy to whip up and easy to make out of repurposed tees of your own.  Hopefully I can get back soon with some pictures of new dressed for the girls!  Until then, happy sewing.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Its been quiet on this blog which means we've been busy with the summer.  I've been sewing but documenting it has just fallen down the line of things I want to do lately.  I recently finished reading Overdressed and it was a good, informative look at our attitudes toward clothing in the U.S.  Its good for self reflection and good for the sewist since it helps you think critically about the things you purchase and whom they might influence/effect.  The next book I hope to read is Where am I Wearing? , another book addressing the question of where our clothing comes from and what the global cost of clothing truly is.  Just trying to live responsively in my small corner of the world!